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At Rutgers University–Newark, over 12,000 students work on undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, business, nursing, criminal justice, public administration, and law.

RU-Newark’s undergraduate programs provide students with the knowledge and skills to participate fully in the economic, scientific, cultural, and political life of the state, the nation, and an evolving and increasingly independent world.

RU-Newark is a doctoral-granting research institution that has evolved into one of New Jersey’s leading education and research centers.  As a major university center, RU-Newark comprises the resources of a national research institution, including extensive research, computing, and library facilities. Yet its small, collegial atmosphere provides students with the individualized attention of a distinguished and dedicated faculty.

With more than seventy countries represented among the nationalities of its student population, RU-Newark serves as a role model for high-quality urban university centers that wish to pursue the dual goals of excellence and access. The campus takes pride in its leadership role in educating a racially and ethnically diverse group of students to become literate and productive citizens, prepared for future opportunities and challenges.

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked RU-Newark as the most diverse national university campus since 1996. RU-Newark alumni have earned equally impressive recognition.

RU-Newark is one of five centers of higher education located in New Jersey’s largest city.  Newark is a center for the arts and business and it is also one of America’s largest college towns.  Over 30,000 students attend classes in the downtown area and in University Heights – home to RU-Newark – and take advantage of everything the city and region have to offer in the way of arts, entertainment, recreation, and great cuisine.

Schools & Colleges Offering Summer Session Classes

Newark College of Arts and Science/University College 

The Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) and University College (UC) enroll approximately 60% of the undergraduates at Rutgers University-Newark.  NCAS is the largest school at RU-Newark and the second largest school at Rutgers University.  NCAS traces its history back to the establishment of Dana College in 1930.

University College (UC) is designated for adult and non-traditional students to attend classes in the evenings or on the weekends.  The Faculty of Arts and Sciences supports both schools with scholars/teachers who are leaders in their fields.  NCAS’s Honors College offers approximately 400 students the individual attention, access to first rank faculty, and smaller classes

College of Nursing

Rutgers College of Nursing is recognized as one of the finest nursing schools in the nation and is the premiere nursing school in the state of New Jersey.  Founded in 1956, the college is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” has ranked the College of Nursing’s Psychiatric/Mental Health specialty program as one of the top five in the nation; the master’s program was ranked 59th of 175 schools.

The college offers a variety of educational programs: a baccalaureate degree for high school graduates; a baccalaureate for transfer students; an RN/BS/MA Nursing program, a post-baccalaureate certificate in school nursing; a master’s program in leadership, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with various specializations (adult gerontology primary, family, pediatrics, family psychiatric/mental health, and leadership), and the first Ph. D program in NJ.

Critical thinking and competent practice are the hallmarks of the “Rutgers Nurse” and the school’s nationally recognized faculty continue to use innovative teaching strategies to educate students, including distance learning, clinical experiences in magnet hospitals, and integration of high-fidelity patient simulation.

School of Criminal Justice

Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) is a major national and international center for scholarly research on all aspects of policing, delinquency, crime, and criminal justice administration.  This provides a basis for its educational programs that also fulfill public service obligation by helping to address the needs of criminal justice agencies within the city, state, nation and world.

The SCJ faculty includes some of the top scholars in the field, and U.S News & World Report  has ranked the Ph.D. program in Criminology seventh in the nation. The doctoral program continues to set the standard for doctoral training, and SCJ’s graduating students are highly sought after by universities recruiting new faculty. Among the distinguished faculty of SCJ are Ko-lin Chin, Ronald Clarke, James Finkenauer, George Kelling and Leslie W. Kennedy.

All of the degree programs offered by Rutgers School of Criminal Justice provide classroom as well as research opportunities that prepare student for positions in research, teaching, and criminal justice system management and policy-making.

Rutgers Business School

Rutgers Business School offers undergraduate and graduate programs that equip graduates with the skills they need to function in today’s diverse global business environment. With a focus on a team approach, the curriculum teaches students to critically reason, gather and weigh evidence, and bring an innovative and thoughtful approach to problem solving in real-world business settings. The business programs at RU-Newark are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school was ranked as one of the top business schools in the country, according to Business Week’s 2000 MBA rankings. Fewer than 70 of the more than 1,200 business schools in the United States are ranked by the prestigious business publication, and Rutgers was one of only 31 public institutions to receive this distinction. Graduates of Rutgers Business School include C.E.O.s and C.F.O.s for leading corporations.

On the graduate level, students can earn an MBA on a full or part-time basis, as well as an Executive MBA, an International Executive MBA, or an MBA in Professional Accounting. A JD/MBA and a JD/Professional Accounting MBA are offered in conjunction with the Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Other joint degree programs include the MPH/MBA and MS in Biomedical Sciences/MBA, which are offered in conjunction with the Graduate School-Newark. A joint MD/MBA is offered with UMDNJ. Post MBA certificates are also available. Other graduate degree options include a Master of Quantitative Finance, Master of Accountancy in Taxation, a Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting, and a Ph.D. in Management.

Graduate School-Newark

The Graduate School-Newark is dedicated to the advancement of scientific and human knowledge in an environment that encourages scholarly inquiry and intellectual growth. Graduate students are expected to develop the analytical and creative skills required for original scholarship, research, and problem solving, as well as a thorough understanding of an academic discipline.

The Graduate School offers Master’s programs in Applied Physics, Biology, Behavioral and Neural Sciences, Chemistry, Nursing, Economics, English, Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Global Studies, History, International Studies, Jazz History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Public Administration. A Master’s degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) is also offered through a partnership with NJIT, UMDNJ, and the Public Health Research Institute. Ph.D. programs are available in Applied Physics, Behavioral and Neural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, Global Affairs, Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, and Public Administration. The Graduate School also offers joint programs with NJIT, including the M.A. and M.A.T. in History, the M.S. in Computational Biology, the M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics, the M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, and the Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences. The M.D./Ph.D. is a joint program with UMDNJ. A Ph.D. in Urban Systems is a joint degree program with NJIT and UMDNJ.

School of Public Affairs & Administration

The School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark is dedicated to four goals:  competence, diversity, knowledge, and service.

The MPA Program is rated very highly by U.S. News and World Report, ranking 11th in the nation in public administration and 26th in the broader category of public affairs.

Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is the newest school at Rutgers University. Established in 2006, SPAA continues and expands the commitment to public service that began in the 1970s as the Department of Public Administration in the Graduate School. Over the years, public administration at Rutgers has become a recognized educational leader in preparing managers and professionals for the government and nonprofit sectors. Compared to 300+ public affairs and administration programs nationally, U.S. News and World Report ranks SPAA 10th nationally in Public Administration/Management.

SPAA’s mission is captured in four elements: competence, diversity, knowledge, and service in the context of the core value of ethics. In serving its mission, SPAA values an ethics-based performance approach to effective, equitable and accountable public policy implementation. The mission is supported by a faculty of distinguished academic leaders who bring students current knowledge and active research agendas. Academic faculty are complemented by adjunct faculty members rich in relevant experience and dedicated to ensuring student access to applied skills and effective networks. SPAA carries out its mission through academic and professional credit and non-credit programs at all levels of higher education. These academic programs are enhanced by a culture of learning through faculty publications, published journals and newsletters, conferences, prominent and provocative speakers, and meaningful student internships for pre-career, in-career, and career-changing students. Through its memorandums of understanding and collaborations with colleagues all over the world, SPAA provides its students with international networks and global opportunities for learning, practice, and career destinations.


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